Messer is expanding its position in Slovakia with a €10m investment in the construction of a new argon plant in the country.

Located in Šaľa, it will be Slovakia’s largest argon production plant, according to Messer.

The plant will be capable of producing 7,500 tonnes of argon per year.

The new investment in argon production focuses on waste gas processing technology from the secondary production facility for ammonia.

The pure argon produced will be for resold to all the neighbouring countries.

“We are delighted that our parent company has decided to invest in its operations in Slovakia. It is Messer’s first argon plant that processes waste gas. We would like to commence production in Šaľa within 24 months,” said Michal Paľa, Managing Director of Messer Tatragas.

This latest announcement follows the €1.5m Messer invested in Šaľa in 2017 for the construction of a cylinder service and maintenance facility for the whole of Central Europe.

The German company said there will also be a €2.5m expansion of its 300 bar industrial gases filling plant.